Heading to Motor City at Monday Trivia!

We kicked off Season XXI by welcoming 109 teams across 11 venues, one of which witnessed an epic battle by some of our top teams.


Opening round topics from Monday night included the colors of Reese’s pieces, Emmy-winning actor Jon Hamm, and the Christian holiday of Lent.  The first round also included the nightly Three Clues question, which began with these two facts:

CLUE 1: In 2017, this U.S. state was the only one to be given International Dark Sky Reserve status for its exceptional stargazing quality.

CLUE 2: This state is home to the Sawtooth National Forest, which is bounded by the towns of Stanley, Ketchum, and Sun Valley.

About one-quarter of our teams snagged two bonus points with the early correct answer of Idaho.  Nine teams used those points to complete a perfect first round.


We brought our Monday teams an audio question that featured three songs whose titles include the word “Bring”.  We listened to “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence, “Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra, and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.  The second round also included the most difficult bonus question of the night.  After virtually every team earned wagering points on a question regarding the film “Beetlejuice”, only two teams tacked on two bonus points by knowing that Alex Brightman currently portrays the title character in the Broadway adaptation.  Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites (Hershey’s) and Ask Jeeves (Bushwaller’s) gained two points on the entire field with this correct response.  After closing the first half with a look at carpal tunnel syndrome and the first marathon run in under two hours, we did not see any perfect second round scores on Monday night.


For Monday’s holiday observance, the halftime page depicted people whose names include the word ‘Martin’, ‘Luther’, or ‘King’, while the bottom half asked our teams ten ‘dreamy’ questions.  Five teams recorded a perfect score of 20 points, while the overall average reached 16.3 points.  Here is Monday’s halftime leaderboard:


Monday’s third round delved into topics such as Heisman Trophy winners, military ranks, pen names, and the perpetual concert tours of The Rolling Stones.  In the most difficult bonus question of the round, only 11% of our teams knew that the abbreviation R.F.D. (as in the classic TV series “Mayberry R. F. D.”) stood for Rural Free Delivery.  That was the only sticking point for most teams, as eight squads ran the table by pointing 36 third round points.


After visiting North Korea in the 6-4-2 question, we discussed final round topics such as the biographical film “Walk the Line”, the ‘silent majority’ that supported Richard Nixon, the work of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and fast food advertising slogans.  Four teams posted a perfect final round score, three of which were playing at the same venue: Dave Martinez School of Management, Chef Goldblum’s Raptor Bites, and Brain Freeze all earned swept the final round at Hershey’s, while Quality Guesswork matched the feat at Greene Turtle.  These were your highest scoring Monday teams after four rounds of play:

MONDAY’S FINAL QUESTION (64.0% success rate):

–> French military leader and trader Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac is credited with the 1701 founding of what US city?

Nearly two-thirds of the field gave us the correct answer of Detroit.  Congratulations to the seven teams that earned a Perfect 21 on Monday night by answering every wagering question correctly.  Here is your final overall Monday leaderboard:


DRP in Alexandria, VA:  MAJ   (Next week’s first category: San Francisco 49ers)

Greene Turtle in Hagerstown, MD:  That’s So Clavin   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – “Sixteen Candles” or “The Breakfast Club”?)

Morgan Inn in Woodbine, MD:  Morgan Inn   (Next week’s first category: Texas Hold’em)

Hershey’s in Gaithersburg, MD:   Dave Martinez School of Management   (Next week’s first category: Triple 50/50 – Shorter or Taller Than Yao Ming?)

Uno Pizzeria in Frederick, MD:  Wagering Pi   (Next week’s first category: The Super Bowl)

Bushwaller’s in Frederick, MD:  Ask Jeeves   (Next week’s first category: “Schitt’s Creek”)

Rockwell Brewery in Frederick, MD:  Ape Tits for $1000   (Next week’s first category: Quechua Loanwords)

Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA:  Thankful Dead   (Next week’s first category: Presidential Campaign Slogans)

Dawg House in Waynesboro, PA:  Hue Jackson and the Trombones   (Next week’s first category: Betty White)

Flanagan’s Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda, MD:  Outdoor Alcoholics   (Next week’s first category: Bob Dylan)

Il Forno in Frederick, MD:  Notch Eight   (Next week’s first category: Foreign Films)